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Much Ado About Nothing

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Enter LEONATO withDOGBERRY and VERGES
LEONATO enters withDOGBERRY andVERGES.

LEONATO
What would you with me, honest neighbor?
LEONATO
What do you want from me, my good man?


DOGBERRY
Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you that
decerns you nearly.
DOGBERRY
Please, sir, I would like to discuss some news that

decerns

“Decerns” is a mistake for “concerns.”

decerns
you greatly.

LEONATO
Brief, I pray you, for you see it is a busy time with me.
LEONATO
Be brief, please, because, as you can see, this is a busy time for me.

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DOGBERRY
Marry, this it is, sir.
DOGBERRY
Indeed, sir, it is.

VERGES
Yes, in truth it is, sir.
VERGES
Yes, it truly is.

LEONATO
What is it, my good friends?
LEONATO
What’s the news, my good friends?



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DOGBERRY
Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the matter. An old
man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would
desire they were, but, in faith, honest as the skin between
his brows.
DOGBERRY
Sorry, sir, Goodman Verges tends to ramble. He’s an old man, sir, and his wits are not as

blunt

“Blunt” is a mistake for “sharp.”

blunt
as I wish they were. But truly, he’s as honest as the skin between his brows.


VERGES
Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an
old man and no honester than I.
VERGES
Yes, I thank God that I am as honest as all the other old men who are not honester than me.

DOGBERRY
Comparisons are odorous. Palabras, neighbor Verges.
DOGBERRY
Making comparisons is

odorous

“Odorous” is a mistake for “odious” (hateful).

odorous
, Verges. Get on with your story.

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LEONATO
Neighbors, you are tedious.
LEONATO
Friends, you are becoming tedious.




DOGBERRY
It pleases your Worship to say so, but we are the poor duke’s
officers. But truly, for mine own part, if I were as tedious as
a king, I could find it in my heart to bestow it all of your
worship.
DOGBERRY
Thank you for saying that, your Worship, but we’re just the poor duke’s officers. But truly, if I were as

tedious

Dogberry takes “tedious” to mean “rich.”

tedious
as a king, I would give everything to you, your Worship.

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